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The best time for trekking in Nepal is usually autumn, because of the weather and the best views, but at the same time, it's the peak season. However, there is a second best season less busy. Read on for more details:

March - May

The second best time for trekking here at Annapurna. April often provides clear blue skies and spectacular views to the snow capped mountains. It's mildly warm, wild flora blooming especially rhododendron but sometimes haze can obscure the mountains in May.

June - August

Heavy rainfall, monsoon season: Some tour operators offer guided trips at this time of the year. It's the low season, few hikers trek here but trails are slippery, leeches are in abundance along the trails. Due to the enormous amount of precipitation, you may be forced to rest for days. 

Mid-September - November/Mid-December

Definitely the best time and the most popular trekking season with stunning mountain views, clear skies, and moderate temperatures. The downside is that during peak season, especially in October and November, flights and hotels are sometimes fully booked and rates are the highest. The trails can be busier as well. However, this isn't necessarily the case. Trekkers in October often report that they didn't have any problems getting beds at the guesthouses without reservations.

December - February

Clear skies, but mornings can be foggy. Also, snow is possible at higher altitudes, and it's getting freezing cold at night. Recommended for trekking at lower elevations only. The advantage: More solitude, as only very few others, are on the trails. Anyhow, you need a very good equipment; high fabric winter jacket and sleeping back as well.

Unpredictable Weather

Please keep in mind that the weather can be unpredictable as the Himalaya creates its own climate, regardless of the season.

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It's less crowded and hot in June and September which are our favorite months. Peak season in the summer holidays in July and August. Best time of the day is the early morning with perfect sunlight on the picturesque waterfalls and it's also less crowded (park opens at 7 am). In the morning and evening, it's quiet and tranquil. 

Plitvice Waterfalls early morning

Seasons

Park is open all year round, and most of the precipitation occurs in spring and autumn. However, if you don't mind some rain spring or fall the shoulder season are a great time to visit.

  • Spring is a fabulous time as water levels are high from the melting snow and waterfalls reach their peak flow. Bear in mind if the water level is too high some parts may be closed. Most of the precipitation occurs in spring and autumn. The meadows are full of wildflowers.

    Wild Flowers at the Plitvice Lakes
     
  • Summer (July & August) can become very hot, and it is the most crowded time of the year. In addition, the water level is lower than at other times in the year.
  • Fall is a beautiful time of year to visit when vibrant colors of the changing leaves are just magnificent. Anyhow, rain occurs more often in spring and fall.
  • Winter, when the park is quiet and beautiful, covered in snow, and the lakes are frozen.
     

Early morning before the crowds arrive at Plitvice

Crowds

Try to arrive early best before 9 am (the park opens at 7 am) as most of the tourists come around mid-day via bus transfer. As an alternative visit in the afternoon when most tour groups have finished their guided walks, and you can enjoy the tranquility of the park. We recommend staying here minimum two nights. Either chose the Hotel Bellevue with an excellent location inside the park where you are not dependent on transport or one of the many private accommodations nearby. Enter your dates and click on the map. The big advantage you can visit the park already early morning and stay until the gates get closed.

Day Trips

For those who are limited in time or just like to enjoy and relax, there are small group tours available from: 

  • Split which is a three hours drive but worth the effort. The guide provides you with detailed information and the best photo spots. 
  • A similar guided tour offered from Zagreb with a stop at the beautiful located village Rastoke. It's a 2 hours drive. The entrance fee is included. 
  • Zadar which is less than 2 hours drive. You spend roughly four hours in the park.
HR Croatia

Ben Nevis is climed year around but the winter time is only for experienced mountaineers, people still die on the mountain. In the summertime it is one of the most popular hikes in Scotland, since it is the highest peak of the UK.

GB United Kingdom

Mount Olympus, the mountain of the gods, is an impressive geographical hike, the maximum altitude is 2.917 meters, but it's only some kilometers from the Aegean Sea. Best season is from June until the end of September. In the spring the mountaintop is known for thunderstorms, hence the number of trees felled by lightning.

GR Greece

September and October. Rain season is finished and there is not too much snow.

CN China

The Ballroom Overhang is a hiking highlight in the Paparoa National Park. This trail includes 8 river crossings one way and can be hiked only in right weather conditions. The Fox River shouldn’t be higher than your knees at the first crossing. Check the weather forecast before hiking. Consider if there is rain predicted the water level can rise quickly and hikers can get trapped. It’s dangerous to hike here in flood.  Weather Forecast Punakaiki Area

Fording the Fox River to Ballroom Overhang in the Paparoa National Park

Weather Westport

It’s a mild climate due to the close location to the sea. Weather in NZ and especially on the West Coast is very changeable. You can experience 25°C / 77°F one day and the next day heavy rainfall and much colder temps. The warmest months are November to March. If you camp consider the average low night temps of around 10°C / 50°F. The average day temps are below 20°C / 68°F but can reach up to 30°C / 86°C in summer. Nights are pretty chilly from May to September. Rain is very common coming from the Tasman Sea on the West Coast on average each month more than 200 mm except February which is usually a little drier. Generally, spring (Sep.-Nov.) is the wettest time of the year.

Where to Stay Nearby:
  • If you want to spoil yourselves close to the Pancake Rocks, the Punakaiki Forest Retreat might be the best option.
  • Just within walking distance to the Pancake Rocks are the beautiful Hydrangea Cottages. They are perfectly located to watch the sunset.
NZ New Zealand